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Lent – Our Journey

LENT

As we travel through Lent, we are constantly reminded about how difficult it is for some people in our communities and in our world. We are reminded that life is very difficult for many. We need to stop and think about what Lent is all about. We are reminded about the importance of Prayer, Almsgiving and Sacrifice.

Below is a video on what Lent is all about.

At the moment we are looking at different issues in our world today.

We are also looking at respect and dignity.

How did Jesus treat people with dignity and respect?

How do we treat people with respect?

How do we help those who are less fortunate than us?

Why is it important to try to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Nelson-Mandela

Mother Teresa – her life and her quotes

  • Mother Teresa has been beatified by the Catholic Church. This is a step on the way to becoming a Saint. She is now called Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
  • She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
  • She once traveled through a war zone to rescue 37 children from the front lines.
  • She received numerous awards for all her charity work including the Presidential Medal of Freedom

What do you think about the work

that Mother Teresa accomplished?

How has Mother Teresa inspired you?

Are there any special quotes from Mother Teresa

which you really like and which give you

a guide for how you can lead your life?

Write back and tell me your thoughts.

Silent Night & Social Network Christmas

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and contributions throughout 2014.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

To the Year 6’s leaving our school,

we wish you the very best as you begin your new journey.

We wish you all a safe and holy Christmas.

God Bless.

In beautiful harmony, Kelly Clarkson was joined onstage by Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire for a stunning rendition of “Silent Night”. Their voices blend together beautifully with this beloved Christmas classic written in 1818 reminding us what Christmas is all about.

We acknowledge YouTube for the use of this video.

 

Advent and Christmas Miracles

At the moment we are in the season of Advent.

How are you preparing for Christmas?

Watch the series of videos in the following presentation.

Why is Christmas all about the spirit of giving?

How have people’s lives been changed with random acts of kindness?

Also think about the power of words.

How did the blind man’s life change just with one random act of kindness?

This advent season, ask yourself, what am I doing to prepare? 

What am I doing to help others?

 

Confirmation Saints Projects & Litany of Saints

A few weeks ago our 5/6 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We congratulate all the Candidates on receiving

this final Sacrament of Initiation.

The candidates were confirmed by Bishop Elliott.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Below is a video of some of our Saints projects 

which we worked on as part of our preparation.

Video: Litany of Saints: Created by: Michelle Sherliza, OP Music by: Veronica Morrissey

We acknowledge and thank Michelle Sherliza and Veronica Morrissey for this beautiful version of the Litany of Saints.

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

As part of our reflection and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, we attended the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The Sisters of Saint Joseph guided us through the centre and we learnt about the history and life of Mary MacKillop. We then visited the birthplace of Mary MacKillop, where we saw a plaque marking the birth site of the Saint. We spent some time in the garden in prayer. From there we went to the ACU where we saw a beautiful statue of a young Mary MacKillop, and followed a number of plaques of the milestones in her life. After having lunch in the Fitzroy Gardens we set out to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We thank Father Benedict for accompanying us on our excursion today. We thank him for being our official guide, especially at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We learnt so much about the history of the Cathedral and about all the different chapels in the cathedral. Today was a wonderful and educational experience and assisted us in our spiritual and reflective journey as we prepare for our Confirmation. Below is a slideshow of our journey today.

What did you think of our excursion today?

What did you learn?

What were two things which stood out for you about

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop?

What do you remember about St. Patrick’s Cathedral?

Write back and tell me your thoughts.

Saints – The Process of Canonisation

Hi Everyone,

I know you have just started making a decision about a Saint to choose for your Confirmation. Below is a short video on how the Catholic Church goes about making someone a Saint. I know you will find it very interesting, and it is very easy to follow.

You will also find a definition of a Saint below the video, as well as an extract on Who is a Saint. Ask your parents to read it with you so that you and your family understand what a Saint is.

At the end of the extract, I have included some links to help you choose a Saint, to begin your research

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a Saint as:

  • holy, canonized or officially recognized by the church as having won by exceptional holiness a high place in heaven and veneration on earth.

  • member of the company of heaven, canonized person, one of God’s chosen people.

Who is a Saint? extract from This is our Faith. by Michael Francis Pennock. pp224 – 225

Every Christian is called to be a saint, that is, every disciple of Jesus is called to be holy. A saint is a good person. Saints are people who always choose the better of two courses open to them. Saints are christian models of holiness. To believe in christian heroes and to learn from their lives can inspire us to do heroic deeds of service ourselves on our own journey to holiness.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic church will sometimes declare that a person who lived a good life and died a death joined to Jesus is a saint. The process leading to adding a person’s name to the list of saints (a process known as canonization) involves a careful study of that person’s life and a sign from God (usually miracles performed in that person’s name) that this person is truly a saint and worthy of our imitation. When the church honours a saint, the church is praising God who shares his life of holiness with us, his creatures.

Every person in heaven is truly a saint, whether canonized or not. Some of these saints maybe our own deceased friends and relatives. The church honours all these good people on All Saints Day. In some countries, All Saints Day is celebrated as a holy day, a day of truly celebrating the countless number of people who have lived good, holy lives and are now sharing in God’s life and happiness in heaven.

Saints Directory

Discovering our Saints

Confirmation – The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and the Seven Sacraments

Hopefully these slideshows will help you with understanding

the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit,

as well as the Rite of Confirmation and the Seven Sacraments.

Acknowledgement is given to the Seomra Ranga Website

for the use of these informative slide shows.